I've watched some dressage tests(I think they were about 1st and 2nd level). The horses were highstrong tb's raring to go. They got high marks on impulsion from the judges. I have a horse that I ride on contact that is not fast. He is very lazy but lately I have made him extend his trot and canter to the type that is fast enough for english shows. Not exactly fast but more forward motion. What i'm wondering is will I be marked down for having a horse that is easy to sit the trot and has a long stride but it lazy? If he's actually engaging his hind end a bit and not on his forward but also not moving fast? I might ask a dressage trainer for an opinion this fall but just wondering if it's worth it show wise. Right now we are working on going from a jog to a trot and from a collected trot to a loose rein jog. I like to trot and I've discovered that my horse can basically do a western head low jog or a nice trot with contact. And his canter is enough forward for showing english but I still have to work a lot on that because he is very lazy and likes to stop.